Norman Cousins

Norman Cousins (June 24, 1915 - November 30, 1990) was a prominent political journalist, author, professor, and world peace advocate

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Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.Rate it:
What was significant about the laughter . . . was not just the fact that it provides internal exercise for a person . . .a form of jogging for the innards, but that it creates a mood in which the other positive emotions can be put to work, too.Rate it:
A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates, should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas-a place where history comes to life.Rate it:
A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.Rate it:
All this sensory input, which begins in the brain, has its effect throughout the body.Rate it:
Drugs are not always necessary, but belief in recovery always is.Rate it:
Free will and determinism are like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you is determinism. The way you play your hand is free will.Rate it:
Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoors.Rate it:
History is a vast early warning system.Rate it:
It makes little difference how many university courses or degrees a person may own. If he cannot use words to move an idea from one point to another, his education is incomplete.Rate it:
Laughter is inner jogging.Rate it:
Life is an adventure in forgiveness.Rate it:
Like a celestial chaperon, the placebo leads us through the uncharted passageways of mind and gives us a greater sense of infinity than if we were to spend all our days with our eyes hypnotically glued to the giant telescope at Mt. Palomar. What we see ultimately is that the placebo isn't really necessary and that the mind can carry out its difficult and wondrous missions unprompted by little pills. The placebo is only a tangible object made essential in an age that feels uncomfortable with intangibles, an age that prefers to think that every inner effect must have an outer cause. Since it has size and shape and can be hand-held, the placebo satisfies the contemporary craving for visible mechanisms and visible answers . The placebo, then, is an emissary between the will to live and the body.Rate it:
Respect for the fragility and importance of an individual life is still the mark of an educated man.Rate it:
The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.Rate it:
The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness.Rate it:
The main failure of education is that it has not prepared people to comprehend matters concerning human destiny.Rate it:
War is an invention of the human mind. The human mind can invent peace with justice.Rate it:
We in America have everything we need except the most important thing of all-time to think and the habit of thought.Rate it:
We will not have peace by afterthought.Rate it:

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